A fishermen’s association here has urged the public not to get confused by the Supreme Court verdict allowing resumption of operations at the Sterlite unit’s plant here, as it had not taken into account the gas leak incident on March 23.
Earlier on Tuesday, the SC issued a verdict stating that the September 2010 stay of the Madras High Court was void, and imposed a fine of `100 crore on Sterlite Industries for flouting environmental norms. The verdict, however, evoked strong reactions from activists.
Subash, president, Meenavar Aikiya Munnani, addressing mediapersons, said people of Thoothukudi should not get confused by the verdict of the SC as it had not taken into account the March 23 gas leak incident.
He also said that the verdict would not have any impact on the action taken by the Tamil Nadu State Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in ordering the closure of Sterlite.
On the other hand, Sterlite hailed the judgment and said that it would work in close association with State Government and other regulatory bodies in maintaining highest standards of safety, health and environment.